Tag Archives: Fort Mose

Fort Mose and the first underground railroad – Freedom in Florida Part 1

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss Fort Mose and runaway slaves to 17th and 18th Century Spanish Florida. The period from 1693 to 1739 is covered in this week’s podcast. It is the first in a series of podcasts on the “first underground railroad” which came not to Canada but to Florida. Below […]

Fort Mose II: The second free African-American settlement in the current US.

In recent years as the experience of African-Americans in North America has become a serious topic for historians to explore, more emphasis has been placed on Fort Mose, which in 1738 became the first free African-American settlement in what is now the United States. Next week on The Florida History Podcast we will discuss the […]

Foundation of Georgia leads to the War of Jenkins Ear for Florida

The following is a brief excerpt from my forthcoming book Albion Florida. The book should be complete later this year. The British colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733 as a buffer state against Spanish Florida. Florida had continued to be a haven for runaway slaves and St Augustine had by this […]